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Invisalign Pro Explains A Few Tips To Stop Thumb-sucking Habits

Dr. Jennifer Eisenhuth, an Invisalign provider, gives San Diego parents tips to help wean their child from a thumb-sucking habit.


SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - The sucking reflex begins when a child is in the womb.
As the child grows, a thumb-sucking habit turns into a comfort mechanism. Many times, this is to help them fall asleep. Once the permanent incisors erupt, thumb-sucking needs to stop. The alignment of the teeth can be affected if it doesn’t.

“Consult an orthodontic specialist if the thumb-sucking is causing a noticeable change,” says Dr. Jennifer Eisenhuth. Invisalign provider Eisenhuth discusses tips for San Diego parents looking to wean their child from thumb-sucking.

Give Praise
Give the child an incentive to stop. Whether it is a toy or book, it can motivate them to stop the habit. Also, congratulate them when they don’t suck their thumb. It can help the child feel good about ending their habit.

Focus On The Cause
Many children have a thumb-sucking habit from anxiety, stress or the need to soothe themselves. Try and focus on the cause, and think of other ways they can alleviate these issues.

Involve Them
Children love being involved. If they are old enough to understand, let them pick a method of weaning.

Let The Dentist Do The Talking
The consequences of thumb-sucking could motivate the child. Have a specialist discuss the possibility of orthodontic treatment, and it could stop the habit.

Put A Sock On It
Put a sock on the hand or a bandage on the thumb. It can be a helpful reminder for the child at night.
Children may have a rough time breaking the habit, especially if they use it to fall asleep. Encourage the child, and let them know they are doing a great job.

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